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Dún Aonghasa | The Aran Islands

On the the edge of a 200 metre high cliff with views of Inis Mor Island, Galway Bay, the Cliffs of Moher, and the wild blue Atlantic sea, is the fort of Dún Aonghasa (Dun Aengus). Dún Aonghasa is referred to as "the most magnificent barbaric monument in Europe". As such it is one of the hidden gems of Ireland and a popular spot with tourists.

Dún Aonghasa is an important archaeological site. "Fort of Aonghas", is named after a pre-Christian god in Irish mythology, or the mythical king, Aonghus mac Úmhór.

Dún Aonghasa is not only a seemingly magical place, it is mysterious. When Dún Aonghasa was built and what its purpose was is a mystery, although its believed to date from the Iron Age.

Dún Aonghasa is the most famous of several prehistoric forts (as well as many others) on the Aran Islands and cycling the 6km trip from Kilronan Pier to the foot of Dún Aonghasa is an ideal way to get all these sights.

Whilst many people travel to Dún Aonghasa for the day, Inis Mór (inishmore) Island itself is a holiday destination ......

 

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